How can you highlight your skills on your resume, LinkedIn, SOP/LOI and scholarship essays.

A skill set is the knowledge, abilities, and experience needed to perform a job. Specific skill set areas can include human relations, research and planning, leadership, management, etc.

By knowing the "language" of skills, you can communicate them to others by understanding, describing, & discussing them.
This happens when you:
Write a resume
Read about a job opening
Go for a job interview
Talk with your boss
Ask for a raise
Seek a promotion
Change your career

Your ability to clearly communicate your skills is vital. You will need to do that in:

A promotion or job interview,

Preparing a written or video resume,

Writing your LinkedIn profile,

Networking with others in your career, or

Giving a presentation.

To be effective, learn to describe them using the "PAR" method:

What was the problem you faced? What were the basic issues?

What did you do to resolve the problem? What actions did you take?

What observable results were there? Changes in behavior?

To succeed in this high-performance, global economy, everyone needs to understand and be good at communicating about skills – students, employers, employees, job seekers, educators, and human resource managers.

Learning new work skills and strengthening those you already have are critical to your career success and happiness. They increase your self-confidence, make you more employable, and open new career opportunities.

Employability skills are a set of skills and behaviors that are necessary for every job.

 Employability skills are sometimes called soft skills, foundational skills, work-readiness skills, or job-readiness skills. 

Employability skills allow you to: communicate with coworkers.

Employability skills allow you to:

•communicate with coworkers

•solve problems

•understand your role within the team

•make responsible choices, and

•take charge of your own career.

Employability skills are usually seen as covering eight core skill areas:




Using technology

Solving problems and using initiative

Being able to self manage

Learning for life

Planning and organising

Deconstruct the Skill

Most skills are a bundle of skills.
You can break down–or deconstruct the new skill into subskills you can easily focus on. Deconstructing a skill will help you to avoid overwhelm. In addition, it will help you to make your practice time more efficient.

Acquire Subskills

Successful learners manage a variety of skills simultaneously, like a conductor directs an orchestra.

Subskill is a skill that is part of & necessary to another more complex skill. 

E.g Reading has some subskills
Listening has some subskills

Apply the Pareto Principle

80/20 rule: 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. How does this principle apply to mastering a new skill? When mastering a new skill, identify those sub-skills which will give you 80% or more of the outcome that you want.

Different types of skills:
1. Job-related Skills: These are the skills you have to have to do the job.

2. Transferable Skills: These are skills that you can use across multiple jobs.

3. Adaptive Skills: These are survival skills that you need these for basic human interactions.

4.  Soft skills: Interpersonal or people skills. They're somewhat difficult to quantify & relate to someone's personality & ability to work with others. 

5. Hard skills: Are quantifiable & teachable. They include the specific technical knowledge & abilities required for a job.

6. Hybrid skills: include a combination of technical and non-technical skills. Many positions require employees to incorporate both soft and hard skills in their skill set to succeed in the role.

7. Motivation skills push us to get our goals, feel more satisfied and improve the overall value of life. People who are self-motivated tend to be more prepared, with good the upcoming opportunities in the job market. Motivated skills are those you enjoy using.

Think of an achievement, accomplishment, or "good experience" you have had – whether related to work or not. Then, write down or tell someone,

What you did,

How you did it, and

What happened.

To find your hot button motivators ask yourself these questions:

What do I want in [context] or? 

What is important to me about [context]?

What has to be there?

What will having that do for you?

Job-related skills - What skills are “must have”? You should have most of these skills. Otherwise, you won’t be able to perform the work.

These employment skills are the ones necessary for a particular position.

Transferable Skills - Look for skills that you could translate from one job to another. Make sure they show up in relevant places in your experience section.

Adaptive skills - These are usually adjectives like you can to describe yourself.

Never underestimate your skills.✌🏿


If you are looking for a job that requires a skill set that you don't currently possess, consider gaining it through skill-sharing, in which someone with a particular skill shares his or her knowledge in exchange for lessons from you in another skill.


First, decide on the skills you want to learn or strengthen. Then plan on how to follow through.

Review the skills you identified earlier in including the "Foundational Skills" and other transferable skills.

Do your Skills Inventory to see what needs to be improved.

Always highlight your skills on your resume/cv, SOP/LOI, LinkedIn, scholarship essay, cover letter, research grant application, etc.

You want that job? You want that scholarship? You want that offer? You want that research grant?

Identify and highlight the relevant skills.

1. Assessing the Employer/Funder/Scholarship Committee's Needs

What are the employer/funder/scholarship committee's needs? How can you fulfill those needs? To accomplish this, look at the employer's job/grant/scholarship/contract description.

Everything you need to know should be there. If it isn't, you may want to contact the company or funding organization or govt agency for more information about the job. You can do this by requesting an informational interview.

This is why it is important to read information.

2. Identify the needs a job/grant/scholarahip posting only hints at.

In every job/scholarship/grant posting, the employer/funder/scholarahip awarding institution, there are expectations.

Once you identify the "hidden" needs, you can highlight those skills on your application.

3. Always read the job/scholarship/grant description carefully. It will give you clues into what the employer/funder/scholarship committee is looking for. It will also give you the keywords you need to use, so your application will get past the initial screening or review stage.

4. Use Action Words

Now, use action words to describe your skills in action. Show how you utilized your skills to accomplish a specific outcome or result.
Use the CARL (context, action, result, learning). This one is what I suggest to clients when writing SOP/scholarship essay.

List of Action Verbs for Resumes & Professional Profiles.

Use it when describing your job duties and also quantify your key achievements.

What's the fastest way to improve a Resume? Action words!

Describe your accomplishments and duties using statements beginning with action verbs in present or past tense depending on the time of the work/volunteer/research experience.

5. Use the Numbers Game

Quantify whatever you can. Numbers are your resume’s best friend. Explain how you increased revenue, decreased cost, improved customer satisfaction, trained volunteers, managed team members, and provided value. project.

Also, include details like the size of your budget, how many people you managed. If your projects were completed on time and under budget, and how many departments were involved in your workplace/school/community. Numbers can show growth, duration, intentional actions & results.

6. Show growth (how did you use your skill to do xyz that led to abc)

You want to be able to illustrate that you advanced along the way. Did your job title change? Did your level of responsibility change? Did your project change? Did you grow?

Never underestimate yourself.

7. Your resume/SOP/Scholarship Essay/LinkedIn Profile is your opportunity not only to highlight your skills, but also to sell the benefits those skills offer a potential employer/funder/academic institution.
Do you now believe that you have some amazing skills?

Stay enlightened.

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